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Consumer Cellular Offers AARP Members Additional Value

Talk is cheap! Actions speak louder than words in these challenging economic times.

WASHINGTON, D.C.—July 27, 2009

AARP Services, Inc. today announced that Consumer Cellular has enhanced several of the popular calling plans it makes available to AARP members. Consumer Cellular, the exclusive wireless provider to AARP members, has added more minutes to four of the program's six calling plans, at no additional cost. Furthermore, AARP members can also now enjoy more text messages at no extra charge.

“Consumer Cellular has always appreciated the basic service needs of some of our members and has committed consistently to making flexible cell phone service available to them at affordable rates,” said Howard Byck, senior vice president of lifestyle products and services for AARP Services, Inc. “Given the current economic environment, we are pleased that Consumer Cellular is offering even more value to the AARP's nearly 40 million members.”

Consumer Cellular increased the number of minutes by 25 percent on the newly enhanced plans, which includes the popular “Anywhere 250” plan, previously the “Anywhere 200” plan. AARP members already enrolled in a Consumer Cellular plan will automatically be upgraded to the new rate plans and receive the additional minutes at no extra charge.

“Consumer Cellular provides simple and straightforward cell phone calling plans that best suit our customers’ needs,” said John Marick, Consumer Cellular CEO. “By providing additional minutes to select plans, AARP members across the country can further enjoy the freedom and convenience of wireless service with simple phones, affordable plans and no contracts.”

According to a recent AARP survey, less expensive and simple cell phones and plans are highly valued by AARP members. More than 90 percent of the AARP members surveyed reported having a cell phone, however the majority used fewer than 250 minutes per month, which is nearly 200 minutes below the national average (as reported by J.D. Power).

When selecting a cell phone service provider, AARP members cited the following characteristics as “extremely important:”

  • Price of the ongoing service (77 percent)
  • Quality of cellular service (78 percent)
  • Coverage area (74 percent)
  • Company reputation (87 percent)

Consumer Cellular offers a variety of affordable plans starting as low as $9.50 per month, which includes an exclusive five percent discount for AARP members. Furthermore, AARP members are not required to sign long-term contracts and can cancel service at anytime without penalty. AARP believes that this unique feature will serve as a catalyst for other wireless companies to better meet the changing needs of Americans 50+.

To learn more about the enhanced plans, AARP members can visit to sign up for a low-cost cellular service plan and have a free phone shipped directly to them. A five percent discount will automatically be applied to the access and airtime usage charges on each AARP member’s monthly Consumer Cellular bill.

About AARP
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world's largest-circulation magazine with over 34.5 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP's 40 million members and Americans 50+; AARP Segunda Juventud, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website, AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

About AARP Services Inc.
AARP Services Inc., founded in 1999, is a wholly-owned taxable subsidiary of AARP. AARP Services manages the provider relationships for and performs quality control oversight of the wide range of products and services that carry the AARP name and are made available by independent providers as benefits to AARP’s almost 40 million members. The provider offers currently span health products, travel and leisure products, and life event services. Specific products include Medicare supplemental insurance; member discounts on rental cars, cruises, vacation packages and lodging; special offers on technology and gifts; pharmacy services; legal services; and long-term care insurance. AARP Services also engages in new product development activities for AARP and provides certain consulting services to outside companies. In 2005, AARP Services founded AARP Financial Inc., a wholly-owned taxable subsidiary that manages the provider relationships for and performs quality control oversight for the financial products that carry the AARP name, including credit cards, auto and home, mobile home and motorcycle insurance, and life insurance and annuities. AARP Financial also provides access to proprietary investment products and services, including mutual funds and financial guidance, designed to meet the needs of investors at any life stage.

About Consumer Cellular
Consumer Cellular, the exclusive wireless provider for AARP, was founded in 1995 on the belief that everyone should have affordable access to the safety and convenience of cellular service. The company provides its customers with simple, affordable cell phones and calling plans, guaranteed satisfaction and top-ranked customer support staff all located within the United States. Plus, Consumer Cellular customers never have to sign a long-term contract in order to start service.

The Portland, Ore.-based company is privately held and utilizes the nation's largest voice and data network, covering more than 296 million people — or 97 percent of the U.S. population. As one of the nation's leading wireless wholesalers, Consumer Cellular is able to purchase wireless service in large volumes, providing its customers with the best of both worlds: great low rates and the best cellular network available. For more information: or call 800–686–4460.

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